In light of the current COVID-19 situation in the UK, we have made the decision to hold this event digitally instead. We will have the same stellar panel of experts and young adults living with and beyond cancer to give advice, share their stories, and answer your questions. The event will still be at 7.30pm on Thursday 4th June, but now you can access it from the comfort of your own home.

You can access the webinar from your computer by just clicking the link we will be sharing with you shortly.

To access from your phone, you will need to download the Zoom app.

Thursday 4th June at 7.30pm 
Lifting the Lid on Cancer & Friendship


Hosted by Alice-May Purkiss (author of "Life, Lemons and Melons” and co-host of AfterThoughts34 podcast), let's get real about the effect of cancer on friendships. From the BFF who ghosts you, to the friend who offers you turmeric lattes, and then those magical unicorn friends who get it *exactly right*. We have invited Georgie Swallow (a Trekstock Young Adult Ambassador who has experienced cancer twice) and other young adults to talk with sometimes brutal honesty about how to navigate through cancer with your friendships intact. With expert advice from Catherine Hood (Professor in Communications and Consultant in Psychosexual Medicine) and Glyn Harries (CLIC Sargent Social Worker for Essex). 

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Alice-May Purkiss

Alice-May Purkiss is a freelance writer, journalist and marketing nerd based in London. After blogging through her treatment for breast cancer on her award winning platform, she went on to write Life, Lemons and Melons, a book exploring the relationship between cancer and mental health. She has written extensively about her experience of being diagnosed before she turned 30, with words appearing in Red, Buzzfeed, Stylist, Refinery29 and many more. Alice is passionate about keeping the conversations around cancer going long after treatment finishes, having learned the hard way that cancer doesn’t end when treatment does. 

Georgie Swallow

Georgina Swallow is an executive assistant, pug-mother, and Young Adult Ambassador for Trekstock. Georgie was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma in 2018.

Dr Catherine Hood BA,BMBCh (Oxon), FECSM, DFSRH

Dr Hood qualified in medicine from the University of Oxford where she won several prizes for her studies.  She subsequently lectured at the Oxford Medical School in Communication Skills, based in Ethox, the Oxford Centre for Ethics and Communication in Healthcare, a post she held for nine years. 

Catherine has worked in the field of sexual health for over twenty years.  She is an expert in psychosexual medicine and is a senior doctor at the Sexual Problems Clinic, St Pancras Hospital, London, part of Camden and Islington NHS Trust.  Dr Hood is a member of the Institute of Psychosexual Medicine and a fellow of the European Committee of Sexual Medicine.  She also runs a successful private practice helping couples and individuals with a whole range of medical, relationship and sexual problems.

Dr Hood is frequently invited to facilitate discussions at international conferences covering a wide breadth of health areas from contraception to multiple myeloma.  She also gives frequent lectures on sexual health, ethics and doctor-patient communication in the UK and abroad.

Dr Hood is an experienced broadcaster and writer.  She recently presented the popular series ‘A Girl’s Guide to 21st Century Sex’ for FIVE, was the Agony Aunt for GMTV’s LK Today (ITV1) and appears regularly on ‘The Wright Stuff’ (FIVE).   Previously she was the face of the ‘Discovery Health Channel’ and co-presented the BBC1 show ‘999’.  Catherine has also contributed to several documentaries for BBC1, Channel 4, BBC3, MTV and FIVE.   For eleven years she wrote a weekly column on sex and relationships in the Sunday Mirror and continues to write for many national magazines including ‘More’, ‘Company’ and ‘Cosmopolitan’. 

Glyn Harries

Glyn is a Young People’s Community Worker for CLIC Sargent, working with teenagers and young adults diagnosed with cancer in Essex.  Through CLIC Sargent, Glyn works to offer emotional, practical and financial support to cancer patients in their communities and, through this work, he has recognised the vital importance of peer support throughout the cancer journey.  With this in mind, he has established a number of LPSGs (Local Peer Support Groups) in Essex, allowing young cancer patients to meet and support one another locally.  He also delivers school assemblies and leads workshops, advising young people on how to support a friend with cancer.